All posts tagged with Australopithecus

Australopithecus prometheus: is it real?

28 minute read

Lee Berger and I have a new article out in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology that looks at what may be the biggest issue in hominin taxonomy for ...

The pelvis of Australopithecus

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The hominid pelvis is much shorter than ape pelves, with muscle attachments reoriented for effective walking.

The pelvis of Australopithecus

2 minute read

The hominid pelvis is much shorter than ape pelves, with muscle attachments reoriented for effective walking.

Bipedality and the pelvis

1 minute read

Humans are bipeds. The pelvis in humans has undergone radical changes in orientation and shape compared to other anthropoid primates. Many of these changes s...

Bipedality and the pelvis

1 minute read

Humans are bipeds. The pelvis in humans has undergone radical changes in orientation and shape compared to other anthropoid primates. Many of these changes s...

Aging juvenile fossil hominins

1 minute read

The fossil record is not made up only of adults. We have abundant skeletal evidence from juvenile individuals of a broad range of ages. At this station you w...

Meet Australopithecus boisei

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The robust australopithecines existed between 2.5 and 1.5 million years ago. At this station are skeletal remains from two kinds of robust australopithecine....

The Malapa Soft Tissue Project FAQ

8 minute read

These are a few of the questions that I think are essential to understand our aims with the project and how we expect it will unfold. The future depends on w...

The Laetoli footprints

1 minute read

The most striking piece of evidence for bipedality in our earliest hominin relatives is a series of footprint trails at Laetoli, a fossil-bearing site in Tan...

Meet Australopithecus robustus

2 minute read

The region just north of Johannesburg, South Africa, is a formation of ancient limestone in which groundwater has formed numerous caves and sinkholes. Some o...

Papyrus and A. boisei

3 minute read

I’ve had on my stack for quite a long time, a short paper by Nicholas van der Merwe and colleagues, assessing the stable carbon isotope ratios in several spe...

Malapa synchotronic

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More on the scanning of the MH1 skull in this press release: “First studies of fossil of new human ancestor take place at the European Synchrotron”

Malapa news

less than 1 minute read

A story about Malapa in the Times of South Africa gives just a few more details about the discovery of the infant remains near the two reported skeletons: “B...

Malapa pictures

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National Geographic, as you might expect, has some nice pictures of the MH1 skull in a news story: “Pictures: New human ancestor fossils found”. There’s one ...

NOVA: Becoming Human

6 minute read

OK, I’m going to live-blog this show. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while – I loved the old NOVA series with Don Johanson and have often showed it in...